Topics: social good

This is how you stand up against hate

Hoodslam is Oakland-based performance art wrestling at it’s best. It’s better than anything the WWF or WWE has ever been, but it’s also a community that actively spreads love, not hate. This is the speech I wish every American could see, instead of what our embarrassment of a president gave us.

Second chance doesn’t mean second rate

The other week at Creative Mornings Oakland, I learned about Big House Beans, a coffee roaster based out of Antioch, Calif. While there are a crapload of roasteries in every city, I’m a fan of their story. Started by a former San Quentin prison inmate John Krause, Big House hires, mentors, and teaches skills to people with challenging pasts. Landing a job can be difficult for those that have everything going for us, so I can only imagine how difficult it would be for someone with a record. It’s a nice reminder to stop judging and telling people they’ve brought things upon themselves. We don’t know what people have had to deal with in their past and we all deserve second chances. Big House takes pride in helping the “least desirable” yet hard working men and women because why not? I think we need more of that “why not?” attitude in this world.

This weekend, hug it out

Pretty funny awkward PSA here about the benefits of hugging from Andrew Garfield and Jo Hart. They went ham on a 90s low-production feel and it’s pretty cool that this was actually done for Youth Mentoring, an organization that helps at-risk youth in LA and is encouraging both donations and uploads of 20 second hugs through the end of the year. Never forget the power of humor, even for social good.

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